2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Finals Predictions & Betting Tips

We’re down to the final four teams to decide the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

India will face New Zealand in the first semi-final on Tuesday night, followed by hosts England vs. Australia on Wednesday night.

The top four teams in pre-tournament betting have made the semi-finals and anything can happen in a do-or-die atmosphere.

We have expert betting tips for both Cricket World Cup games this week, which also features top runs scorer and top wicket taker.

All odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Sportsbet by clicking HERE.

India vs. New Zealand

India were gifted the top qualifying spot when South Africa scored an upset win over Australia last week. That also gave them the “easier” option of playing New Zealand instead of England.

We say “easier” option, not because the Black Caps are an easy opponent to play, but given their respective form, New Zealand will be up against it against India.

New Zealand started the tournament with a hiss and a roar, but unfortunately, we didn’t get to see them play India due to a washout. However, since starting the tournament unbeaten after a few games, they struggled against the likes of Australia, England and Pakistan.

However, they’re a team that doesn’t need a lot of momentum to score an upset. They made the Cricket World Cup Final in 2015 on the final ball of the game, so they have some clutch tendencies.

For India, this game will be all about seeing off New Zealand’s opening bowling attack. Trent Boult and Tim Southee will likely be the key against India, as they play spin very well – which could see the likes of Santner and Sodhi become relatively ineffective in this game.

Getting through the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul isn’t easy, but we have been better batting lineups for India in the past. If New Zealand can get those three players out without too much damage, we worry about India’s tail end.

Bookmakers are going with India to win at $1.33. Those odds are short but as much as we like New Zealand’s style of play, the momentum is clearly with the Indians and they should make yet another World Cup Final.

Prediction: India to win ($1.33) at Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now

India vs. New Zealand exotic betting options

There are many exotic betting options in cricket but we’re looking at top runscorer and top wicket taker for this game.

Top runscorer India – Rohit Sharma @ $3.25 – Bet Now

Rohit Sharma has been in fine form of late and he also has the experience to be India’s top runscorer against New Zealand.

He will likely need to see off Virat Kolhi but punters are getting slightly better value with Sharma and punters rarely rue their decision to back him in.

Top runscorer New Zealand – Ross Taylor @ $4.50 – Bet Now

When the chips are down, Ross Taylor usually steps up for the Black Caps. His play of late has seen his ODI ranking slip, but Taylor is a good player under pressure.

Kane Williamson is the favourite for New Zealand and he is showing why he’s one of the world’s best, but Taylor could produce a massive performance.

Punters are getting value odds.

Top wicket taker India – Jasprit Bumrah @ 3.00 – Bet Now

Bumrah has been solid throughout the World Cup and although India’s bowling attack isn’t fierce, they have some economical types.

He’s a relatively new name on the scene and could provide punters with some excitement in the wicket taking department.

Top wicket taker New Zealand – Trent Boult @ $3.25 – Bet Now

Trent Boult has the pace to tear through this Indian line up. The Kiwi fast bowler will be used early and also at the tail-end of the game.

If he still has overs to spare come the 45-49 over mark, expect Boult to pick up some of the less-experienced Indian batsmen.

Australia vs. England

Australia looked to be the best team in the World Cup before they stumbled against South Africa last week. We’re not sure that loss will play on their minds at all, but they now face an in-form England team playing on home soil.

England started their World Cup with numerous head-scratching losses, including one to Sri Lanka, but they eventually found their groove and are now playing like the pre-tournament favourites.

England has already lost to Australia earlier in the World Cup, but punters shouldn’t look into that loss too much. Since that time, English batsman Jonny Bairstow has been on a tear and he’s the key for the English.

It’s tough to find holes in the Australian line up. They weren’t considered to be a major chance before the tournament started, with bookmakers offering double-figure odds. They have silenced their critics and Mitchell Starc has been leading the way.

He has been bowling superbly and if he gets off to a hot start, expect Australia to build on that momentum. They also have strength in the batting department with David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith.

However, England are playing in front of their home crowd and that’s a big factor for this game. They have steadily improved throughout the tournament and Australia might have peaked already.

Bookmakers have little between them in the betting, with England holding a slim advantage at $1.75.

Prediction: England to win ($1.75) at Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now

Australia vs. England exotic betting options

There are many exotic betting options in cricket but we’re looking at top runscorer and top wicket taker for this game.

Top runscorer Australia – Steve Smith @ $4.25 – Bet Now

When Australia are in trouble it’s Steve Smtih that typically steps up. Smith is a professional type that rarely plays a bad shot.

He’s tough to get out and he could provide Australia with some support in the middle stages of this game.

Top runscorer England – Jonny Bairstow @ $3.75 – Bet Now

It’s tough to back anyone but Jonny Bairstow. He’s a man on a mission at the moment and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him score 80+ runs.

He will have to see off the early pace attack of Australia, but he’s seeing the ball beautifully.

Top wicket taker Australia – Mitchell Starc @ $2.75 – Bet Now

It comes as no surprise that Mitchell Starc is the favourite to take the most wickets for Australia.

He’s an extreme pace bowler who can get 150kph. That’s tough for any player to come up against and Starc should be able to pick up two or three tickets.

Top wicket taker England – Adil Rashid @ $4.75 – Bet Now

Rashid could go under the radar and pick up a three-bagger. He’s an economical bowler which has good figures and could give the Australian batsmen some problems.

Good value with his current odds.

Once again, all odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Sportsbet by clicking HERE.

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.



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